Europa League – Inter Milan v Eintracht Frankfurt – Round of 16

The Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League unfolds over the next two Thursdays, so before the action kicks off around Europe on Thursday afternoon, we thought we would preview the eight matchups of the round. Up next is the match between Italian club Inter Milan, who has the pleasure of hosting German club … Read moreEuropa League – Inter Milan v Eintracht Frankfurt – Round of 16

Europa League – Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan – Round of 16

The Round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League unfolds over the next two Thursdays, so before the action kicks off around Europe on Thursday afternoon, we thought we would preview the eight matchups of the round. Up next, we’re going to take a look at the matchup between German club Eintracht Frankfurt and Italian … Read moreEuropa League – Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan – Round of 16

Europa League – Round of 16 Draw

After two weeks of non-stop action, the Europa League is taking a break this week before resuming action in two weeks. We are down to the final 16 clubs, representing 11 UEFA associations, and are about three months from the Europa League final, which will be played at Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May.

Before the Round of 32 began, we wrote about some of the odds associated with the clubs still in the tournament, so before we talk about the Round of 16 draw directly, I wanted to take a look back at that and how the clubs fared in the matchups over the past two weeks.

Departed Round of 32 Favorites

Before play began in the Round of 32, we identified the 16 favorites according to FiveThirtyEight. Of those 16 favorites, 10 clubs advanced to the Round of 16. The biggest favorite to lose during the round was Belgium club Genk, who lost on aggregate to Slavia Prague, despite being favored 3-to-1 in the matchup. They lost 4-1 on aggregate to the Czech club, with all the scoring happening in Leg 2… in Genk. Oops. The upset didn’t help increase Slavia Prague’s odds going forward (which we’ll get to in a minute), but I’m sure they and their supporters are happy for at least two more matches in European competition this season.

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Europa League – Best of the Rest – Round of 32 (Leg 2)

We did a brief recap of Leg 1, featuring the four matches that saw the biggest increase in advancing odds for one of the clubs. We’re also covering the eight most compelling matchups for Leg 2 (eventually; check back for the unlinked ones before things kick off Thursday!), which you can find linked here (home teams listed first):

As for the other eight matchups, the results from Leg 1 have moved the odds of advancement for one club to more than 80% (according to FiveThirtyEight), so while the underdogs in those matchups could still prevail, chances are they are not going to. Here’s a quick look at the Leg 1 match and the current odds for the remainder of the tournament.

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Europa League – Rapid Wien v Inter Milan – Round of 32

The Europa League begins its next round in a few days, so we will be highlighting the matchups featuring either clubs with a chance to win it all or match-ups that could see either team pull out a victory and move on to the Round of 16.

While Europa League is not packed with the big names of the Champions League, there are still some high quality clubs playing for the title, and with it, an automatic berth in the Group Stage of next season’s Champions League.

Our next matchup features Austria’s Rapid Wien playing host to Italian club Inter Milan at Allianz Stadion on 14 February 2019 at 5:55pm GMT (12:55pm EST).

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Europa League – Round of 32 Draw

Europa League is taking a break until February now that the group stage is complete. But before it does, they needed to determine the pairings for the next round of matches.

The draw took place on 17 December at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The knockout phase in Europa features 16 more clubs than Champions League, and another round, so they’ll be playing (nearly) weekly matches once play resumes on 14 February.

As a reminder, here’s how the twelve groups were settled during group play:

GroupWinners (seeded in draw)Runners-up (unseeded in draw)
ABayer Leverkusen (GER)Zürich (SUI)
BRed Bull Salzburg (AUT)Celtic (SCO)
CZenit Saint Petersburg (RUS)Slavia Prague (CZE)
DDinamo Zagreb (CRO)Fenerbahçe (TUR)
EArsenal (ENG)Sporting CP (POR)
FReal Betis (ESP)Olympiacos (GRE)
GVillarreal (ESP)Rapid Wien (AUT)
HEintracht Frankfurt (GER)Lazio (ITA)
IGenk (BEL)Malmö FF (SWE)
JSevilla (ESP)Krasnodar (RUS)
KDynamo Kyiv (UKR)Rennes (FRA)
LChelsea (ENG)BATE Borisov (BLR)

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